House Votes to Demand Public Release of Mueller Report

Then-Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in January. Despite the House's vote on Thursday the decision of how much of Mueller's report becomes public still

House poised to pass measure calling for DOJ to publicly release Mueller's report

On Thursday afternoon, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY attempted to bring the Mueller report resolution to the Senate floor by asking for unanimous consent and calling for the Senate to pass the measure.

Republicans joined with Democrats as the House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution to make public special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russian Federation investigation after he releases it to Attorney General William Barr.

Barr is required to notify the top Republicans and Democrats of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees at the conclusion of Mueller's investigation but can determine how much of the report is released publicly.

It also calls for the full report to be released to Congress. House Democrats have previously indicated they would be willing to use their congressional subpoena power if Barr withholds substantial information from the report.

It's unclear if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce the measure in his chamber.

He added that it was critical to pass the resolution because of the "many questions and criticisms of the investigation" raised by the Trump administration. In making an argument for transparency, Republican leaders have pointed to Barr's comments and the existing regulations, without explicitly pressing for the underlying evidence.

"I rise in support of this resolution because I want the whole truth and nothing but the truth to come to light in this matter", said Rep.

The vote came as expectations rise that Mueller is near to bringing to a close a almost two-year-old investigation that has focused on whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians.

But the effort did not move forward after Republican Sen. Will Hurd, R-Texas, a member of the Intelligence Committee and former CIA officer.

During his confirmation process, Barr told Congress that he would permit Mueller to complete his work, and that his goal would be to provide "as much transparency" as he could within the limits of the law.

Weissmann has been a pivotal member of Mueller's team, which has brought charges against 34 people and three companies during a 22-month-old investigation into whether Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether the Republican president unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

Four Republicans voted present: Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar and Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie. Concerns over Weismann's credibility as an independent investigator plagued the Mueller deputy since joining the Russia Probe.

If a full report isn't released, House Democrats have made it clear they will do whatever they can to get hold of it. Nadler has said he would subpoena the final report and invite - or even subpoena - Mueller to talk about it.

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